Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plural of leaf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of leaf.
  • n. Plural form of leave.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of leave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. pl. of leaf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of leaf.

Etymologies

See leaf. (Wiktionary)
See leave. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thus in the example, "John tore the leaves of Sarah's book," the distinction between _book_ which represents only one object and _leaves_ which represent two or more objects of the same kind is called _Number_; the distinction of sex between _John_, a male, and _Sarah_, a female, and

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  • If the label leaves you with questions as to the nature of the contents or hazards of a product, under right-to-know laws, you can call the manufacturer and request a “Material Safety Data Sheet” or MSDS.

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  • The name leaves no discrepancy about what goes on there.

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  • This strict adherence to the rubric leaves absolutely no room for variation, which limits creativity to a fraction of its potential.

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  • Such a phrase leaves the impression that President Truman dropped a couple of A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki just because he could—that Americans were indifferent to the massive destruction of life resulting from nuclear weapons.

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  • Such a phrase leaves the impression that President Truman dropped a couple of A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki just because he could— that Americans were indifferent to the massive destruction of life resulting from nuclear weapons.

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  • Although the title leaves something to be desired ( "The Young and the Restless" strikes me as unusually bromitic for the WQ), the piece is worth mentioning for two reasons.

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  • The moment the word leaves our lips, the black smoke spirals like a crazy tornado into the ball, and the portal collapses on itself.

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  • The absence of the label leaves a huge gap in midtier "bridge" designer brands.

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  • People love grass? Jenn ...

    October 21, 2008

  • "Leaves are silences
    around flowers which are their words."

    --R. Tagore, Fireflies

    July 21, 2008

  • I was made to read Leaves of Grass in school. I know some people love that stuff, but I wasn't a fan at the time. See Free Associations list.

    February 12, 2008